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VAMs: Building a New Social Order

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

It is now guaranteed that any child in a public school whose teacher is evaluated with VAMs will receive a bare bones curriculum, focused only on isolated skills.

Mr. President: Improving the U.S. Education System Is Not a Competitive Sport

Arnold L. Mitchem | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Arnold L. Mitchem

Obama is unafraid to shake up the education establishment, challenge old assumptions and dramatically step up the federal government's role as a catalyst for change. But what he sees as a powerful lever, I view as a troubling trend.

Joy Resmovits

Race To The Top -- Coming To A City Near You

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.02.2012 | Education

Opening a new phase for the Obama administration's role in education reform, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sig...

Joy Resmovits

How Sleuths Catch Cheater Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.01.2012 | Education

The first time Bob Wilson, a former DeKalb County, Georgia, district attorney, interviewed educators suspected of cheating on exams in 56 Atlanta scho...

Cuomo, Common Core and Pearson-for-Profit

Alan Singer | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

According to the New York Times, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is "investigating whether the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of one of the nation's largest educational publishers, acted improperly to influence state education officials."

Free College Is the Answer to Our Higher Education Crisis

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Bernard Starr

Our nation is facing a crisis -- with vast domestic and worldwide implications -- that can only be addressed by thinking out of the box about education.

Heeding the Evidence on Teacher Quality

John Thompson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had had any idea what the latest Gates Foundation project would find, would he have gambled so heavily on test-driven policies in Race to the Top and his other "teacher quality" reforms?

On The Daily Show, Arne Duncan Rehashes Policies, Plans

Posted 04.18.2012 | Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in New York Thursday as Jon Stewart's guest on The Daily Show, largely rehashing the Obama administration'...

RESPECT: Find Out What It Means to Me

Alan Singer | Posted 04.17.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

After three years of demonizing teachers, the Obama administration apparently now realizes it will need teacher union support and teacher and public school parent votes to be reelected.

5 Things Obama's Budget Does For Higher Ed

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.14.2012 | College

President Obama's budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year would beef up spending on higher education. Appropriately, he unveiled it at a community c...

Cheating Students Who "Pass" the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 04.11.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Thanks to a recent article in the NYT we now know why students score much better on the English Regents. The exam is much easier than the others. In fact it is so easy that it does not even measure basic student literacy.

More Than Money: Making Colleges Student-Ready

Tim King | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education
Tim King

With so much talk right now on the economy and balancing budgets at any cost, it was refreshing to hear President Obama use part of his State of the Union speech to address the skyrocketing cost of college.

Educational Inequity Is No Accident

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

What's good for the goose is evidently not so good for the gander. In America's current educational environment, the disparity of experience is bad and getting worse.

Joy Resmovits

New Teaching Standards, Coming To A School Near You

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education

Amy Bednarz, an English as a second language teacher in a Massachusetts elementary school, is confused. She doesn't know exactly what to teach. For...

Joy Resmovits

Young Blood Dwindles For Science, Technology, Engineering Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2012 | College

Though President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address stressed the need for a competitive workforce, especially in more technical fields such as ...

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

"We're foolish if we think we're going to end mass incarceration unless we are willing to deal with the reality that huge percentages of poor people are going to remain jobless, locked out of the mainstream economy, unless and until they have a quality education that prepares them well for the new economy."

Joy Resmovits

Learning From Finland's Classrooms

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.24.2012 | Education

STANFORD, Calif. -- Finland is this decade's shiny icon of classroom success, the repeat winner of top results in a global ranking of national school ...

A Conservative Critique of High-Stakes Standardized Testing

Fred Bauer | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Fred Bauer

Even as more money is being poured into testing-centric education "reform," there may be a space for classical conservatives and certain factions of the left to work together to expose the limits of the current testing ethos to provide a better foundation for the nation's education policies.

Jon Huntsman: As President, I'll Modernize U.S. Education

Posted 03.04.2012 | Education

Jon Huntsman, like his GOP opponents, wants to localize education, and he's taken to the presses to hash out his educational platform. In a Sunday ...

Leading the Profession

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The status quo in public education isn't working. Not for students -- and not for educators. Now, more than ever, our schools need a highly skilled and effective teaching force to guide students in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Joy Resmovits

Seven States Share $200 Million In Race To The Top

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.24.2012 | Education

Seven more states will receive $200 million in federal funds in the latest round of the Race to the Top competition, President Barack Obama's controve...

Joy Resmovits

American Dream At Stake Before School Starts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education

As states revamp their early childhood education to grab a slice of federal education dollars, some education experts are urging policymakers to look ...

Joy Resmovits

Cracking Down On Charter Schools?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education

The most recent call to close underperforming charter schools came not from a teachers' union or a school district, but from a charter-school trade as...

State Ed Dept. Threatens To Withhold $2.5 Million In Federal Funds From District

Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

In a unique move, Delaware education officials have threatened to withhold $2.5 million in federal funding from a district for failing to provide its ...

Educating for Democracy: For Good Education, Bring on the Marines!

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

As long as this nation will not seriously address the root causes of racism: ignorance, fear, and economic insecurity, the problems of the "learning gap" will persist